Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers

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Total Workforce

52.7k

Average Age

50.7

Estimated Job Growth

-109%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$30,457

Average Male Salary

$40,837

Average Female Salary

$26,819

About

Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are most often employed by the Cut & sew apparel manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers was $30,457 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers by wage are Data entry keyers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, and Medical assistants.

Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA and LA City (Central/Koreatown) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA and LA City (Central/Koreatown) PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Cut & sew apparel manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by average wage, is Not specified retail trade. Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are paid most in LA City (East Central/Central City & Boyle Heights) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$30,457

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,511

In 2017, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers earned an average of $30,457, $21,608 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Medical assistants make somewhat more than Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers while Data entry keyers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.342

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.342, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by number of employees, are Cut & sew apparel manufacturing, Personal & household goods repair & maintenance, and Clothing stores.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by average wage, are Not specified retail trade, Department stores & discount stores, and Cut & sew apparel manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

52.7k

2017 Workforce

± 5,635

-2.98%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 15.5%

The number of people employed as Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers has been declining at a rate of -2.98%, from 54,321 people in 2016 to 52,703 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers employed by various industries. Cut & sew apparel manufacturing employs the largest share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers at  26.6%, followed by Personal & household goods repair & maintenance with 18.7% and Clothing stores with 17.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers in the US. The average age of male Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers in the workforce is 49.9 and of female Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is White.

Gender Composition

13.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,871

39k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,849

74% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Other

56.2% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.8% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Age by Gender

49.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.92

50.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.72

The median age of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.7, and Male employees are generally 1.03 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is Business but a relatively high number of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Time Management, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Management of Material Resources, and Operation and Control.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are expected to see a growth of -109% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-109%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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